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Southern Asia, Australia, and the Search for Human Origins

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Robin Dennell, Martin Porr, Sandra Bowdler, Huw Groucutt, Michael Petraglia, James Blinkhorn, Christopher Clarkson, Graeme Barker, Chris Hunt, Mike Morwood, Philip J. Piper, Ryan J. Rabett, Armand Salvador B. Mijares, Alfred F. Pawlik, Philip J. Habgood, Natalie R. Franklin, Jane Blame, Sue O'Connor, Richard Cosgrove, Anne Pike-Tay, Wil Roebroeks, Ian Gilligan, Michelle C. Langley, Anne Ford, Glenn R. Summerhayes, Stephen Oppenheimer, Iain Davidson
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  • Date Published: May 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107017856

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  • This is the first book to focus on the role of Southern Asia and Australia in our understanding of modern human origins and the expansion of Homo sapiens between East Africa and Australia before 30,000 years ago. With contributions from leading experts that take into account the latest archaeological evidence from India and Southeast Asia, this volume critically reviews current models of the timing and character of the spread of modern humans out of Africa. It also demonstrates that the evidence from Australasia should receive much wider and more serious consideration in its own right if we want to understand how our species achieved its global distribution. Critically examining the 'Out of Africa' model, this book emphasises the context and variability of the global evidence in the search for human origins.

    • This is the first volume that looks specifically at the evidence for early Homo sapiens between Arabia and Australia
    • The first book to give Australia a central place in discussions about early Homo sapiens
    • An expert interdisciplinary team of contributors brings together the human skeletal, genetic and archaeological evidence from Arabia to Australia - the first book to do so
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    • Date Published: May 2014
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107017856
    • length: 348 pages
    • dimensions: 257 x 183 x 28 mm
    • weight: 0.88kg
    • contains: 30 b/w illus. 19 maps 12 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The past and present of human origins in Southern Asia and Australia Robin Dennell and Martin Porr
    2. Asia and human evolution: from cradle of mankind to cul-de-sac Robin Dennell
    3. The changing contribution of the Australian archaeological record to ideas about human evolution Sandra Bowdler
    4. Smoke and mirrors: the fossil record for Homo sapiens in southern Asia Robin Dennell
    5. An Arabian perspective on the dispersal of Homo sapiens out of Africa Huw Groucutt and Michael Petraglia
    6. The Indian subcontinent and modern human origins Michael Petraglia and James Blinkhorn
    7. East of Eden: founder effects and the archaeological signature of modern human dispersal Christopher Clarkson
    8. Missing links, cultural modernity and the dead: anatomically modern humans in the Great Cave of Niah (Sarawak, Borneo) Graeme Barker and Chris Hunt
    9. Faunal biogeography in island Southeast Asia: implications for early hominin and modern human dispersals Mike Morwood
    10. Late Pleistocene subsistence strategies in Island Southeast Asia and its implications for understanding the development of modern human behaviour Philip J. Piper and Ryan J. Rabett
    11. Modern humans in the Philippines: colonization, subsistence and new insights into behavioural complexity Armand Salvador B. Mijares, Philip J. Piper and Alfred F. Pawlik
    12. Views from across the ocean: a demographic, social and symbolic framework for the appearance of modern human behaviour Philip J. Habgood and Natalie R. Franklin
    13. Early modern humans in Island Southeast Asia and Sahul: adaptive and creative societies with simple lithic industries Jane Balme and Sue O'Connor
    14. Tasmanian archaeology and reflections on modern human behaviour Richard Cosgrove, Anne Pike-Tay and Wil Roebroeks
    15. Explaining prehistoric human behavioural change: the challenge from Tasmania Ian Gilligan
    16. Patterns of modernity: taphonomy, sampling and the Pleistocene archaeological record of Sahul Michelle C. Langley
    17. Late Pleistocene colonisation and adaptation in New Guinea: implications for debates on modern human behaviour Glenn R. Summerhayes and Anne Ford
    18. Modern human spread from Aden to the Antipodes, and then Europe: with passengers and when? Stephen Oppenheimer
    19. It's the thought that counts: unpacking the package of behaviour of the first Australians Iain Davidson
    20. Essential questions: 'modern humans' and the capacity for modernity Martin Porr.

  • Editors

    Robin Dennell, University of Exeter
    Robin Dennell is Emeritus Professor of Archaeology, University of Sheffield. The recipient of a Leverhulme Research Fellowship (1989–92) and a British Academy Research Professorship (2003–6), Dennell has conducted extensive fieldwork in Bulgaria, Iran, Pakistan (where he was Field Director of the British Archaeological Mission), and China. He is the author of The Palaeolithic Settlement of Asia (Cambridge, 2009) and European Economic Prehistory: A New Approach (1983), among other books. He is currently a fellow of the British Academy.

    Martin Porr, University of Western Australia, Perth
    Martin Porr is Associate Professor of Archaeology and a member of the Centre for Rock Art Research and Management at the University of Western Australia. He has published widely on issues related to Palaeolithic art and archaeology. He is the editor of Ethno-Analogy and the Reconstruction of Prehistoric Artefact Use and Production (with Linda Owen,1999) and The Hominid Individual in Context: Archaeological Investigations of Lower and Middle Palaeolithic Landscapes, Locales and Artefacts (with Clive Gamble, 2005). He is currently engaged in research projects on the Pleistocene settlement of the Philippines; the indigenous art of the Kimberley, Northwest Australia; and the Early Upper Palaeolithic art of Central Europe.

    Contributors

    Robin Dennell, Martin Porr, Sandra Bowdler, Huw Groucutt, Michael Petraglia, James Blinkhorn, Christopher Clarkson, Graeme Barker, Chris Hunt, Mike Morwood, Philip J. Piper, Ryan J. Rabett, Armand Salvador B. Mijares, Alfred F. Pawlik, Philip J. Habgood, Natalie R. Franklin, Jane Blame, Sue O'Connor, Richard Cosgrove, Anne Pike-Tay, Wil Roebroeks, Ian Gilligan, Michelle C. Langley, Anne Ford, Glenn R. Summerhayes, Stephen Oppenheimer, Iain Davidson

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